[The first 4Bia anthology set was a surprise and a delight at Toronto After Dark several years ago, and they kindly bring the second (and even better) collection of Twilight Zone-y goodness to this years festival. Be sure to attend,... More »
The Toronto After Dark Festival turned five this year and to celebrate some favored film makers from years past have created a trio of new 'bumpers' for the festival this year. Opening night saw the first appearance of this bumpers,... More »
[Because Toronto's week of genre and cult mayhem, The Toronto After Dark Film Festival (TADFF) is kicking off today, we are re-running Todd's Slamdance review of The Last Lovecraft: Call of Cthulu. Where the Park City sub-festival was also the... More »
With the festival just over two weeks away, the 2010 edition of Toronto After Dark has just announced its horror-heavy lineup of titles. And though I'm no longer involved in the festival I've got to say it's a good one.What... More »
These last couple of years there's been a constant stream of British quality horror films. Just to name a few, think of The Children, Mum and Dad, Eden Lake and The Broken. The Reeds is the latest to join that... More »
[This review originally appeared when the film screened at Toronto After Dark and reappears now with itès arrival at Fantastic Fest.] Ah, children. They're sweetness and light and all the good things about life. Too bad they can also... More »
[I'm going to bring this review back up from Toronto After Dark because despite any misgivings I may have had about the film I have one thing to say. The Spirit of Halloween is dying in my opinion. Each year... More »
[This review originally ran with the film's appearance at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and reappears now with the screening at Fantastic Fest.] Soldier Bart Gregory is killed while fighting in the Middle East. He is given a military... More »
So is Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans a remake, a sequel, or what? Parse it any way you like (and I shall attempt this) but it is a dynamite piece of satire and perhaps something more. Werner... More »
[Over the course of the 2009 edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, I had the pleasure of chatting with Faye Jackson, director of the offbeat vampire folklore allegory, Strigoi. Celebrating her seventh wedding anniversary with her husband and... More »
The 2009 edition of Toronto After Dark came to a close a week today, yet lingering thoughts of some of the best films still rattle around in my head (personal favourites, Black, Strigoi, Grace, Rough Cut). There is a democratic... More »
Let us put the cards down on the table, shall we? Most horror movies these days aim to titillate, not actually scare. When you are cheering for the victims (or the slasher) to be splattered or carved on screen, this... More »
Su-ta is going through a particularly bad patch in his career. He may be a popular film star, but his press has being going sour for a while. He is hiding his current relationship from the paparazzi by reducing it... More »
Norman's getting over a difficult relationship breakup when he meets Jennifer, actually she meets him - with her car - and falls in love all over again. But due to an unfortunate misunderstanding he leaves the city heartbroken and... More »
[Todd has a very different take of the film and we're playing dueling reviews. Read his review here.] "You brought them into this world. Now ... They will take you out" is the, frankly pretty awesome, marketing hook on the... More »
Meant to be a mind fuck from start to finish, the challenging Someone's Knocking at the Door features over the top killer phallus, sexual deviancy, and drug induced hallucinations. A group of drug-taking medical students are shocked over the murder... More »
Embodiment of Evil marks José Mojica Marins' return to the big screen as his iconic character Coffin Joe after a decades-long absence. Released from prison after 40 years Coffin Joe continues his search for the woman who will help... More »
With all the contortions and mutations that the vampire movie has taken in the past 75 (heck, the past 2) years, it is quite refreshing to see that there remains interesting potential in the genre. Take for instance, Faye Jackson's... More »
It's all about confessions today (after Embodiment of Evil last night I feel dirty). Thanks to Canadian distributor Evokative Films I have had Black for some time now and have been able to watch it more than once. At first,... More »
I'm going to cheat again. The Warlords was made in 2007 and has been available on import DVD for some time now. The reason why it is important that it is playing at TADFF is that this film has... More »
My time as an attendee of the Toronto International Film Festival has nicely overlapped the transition from Festival Then to Festival Now, which I'd argue has taken place over just about exactly the last fifteen years, the same period for which I've been a regular festival-goer. Oh sure, I got...
Another Toronto International Film Festival wraps up, and we look at some of the award winning films, such as The Imitation Game and Felix & Meira, and talk about the remarkable documentary The Look Of SilenceVideo embedded below...
Welcome to a new edition of our column on Latin American cinema! Why is Chile's Valdivia Film Festival considered to be "the best in South America"? What makes Secreto Matusita such an intriguing found-footage thriller, especially for those in Peru? What connection is there between Mexico and Nordic Cinema? And what thrills...
This week sees the release of Michaël Roskam's The Drop, known once upon a time as Animal Rescue. However, it will in all probability also be known as "The Last Movie With James Gandolfini In It", as the late beloved actor (who died more than a year ago already -...
This past Monday, L'Etrange Festival brought together Sono Sion and 500 hyped up fans for an absolutely electric screening of Tokyo Tribe. Though the French speaking audience learned at the last minute the print would only have English subtitles, it didn't dampen their enthusiasm or, from what I could tell,...